It's safe to say Paul Martin has been through a lot in his life.
Growing up in a children's home, only learning to read and
write by the age of 15, helping to bring up four children and
nine grand-children, experiencing a wide-range of different
jobs, being made redundant in 2006 due to health issues, and
losing his sister at the beginning of 2019.
A year ago, he didn't know what to do. For a man who had
been used to leading a busy lifestyle for the majority of his
55 years, the 'endless days stuck between four walls' were
hindering. By his own admission, they left him on 'a massive
downer - even suicidal sometimes'.
One day, he ventured out of his flat. Not knowing where to go
and what to even do, he ended up walking past our office on
Cole Street, Scunthorpe. Why not, he thought? What have I
got to lose? Intrigued, he stepped through the door.
A door - in other words, a gateway to new skills, new
opportunities, and new horizons.
Paul said: "It's one of the best decisions I've ever made."
After sitting down with Pete, one of our Employment
Support coaches, he signed up for and completed a
range of different courses that would help towards
his aim of a job in administration. He also got two
eight-week work placement opportunities on the
reception desk at the Cole Street office.
Paul added: "I can't tell you how much of a difference this
has had on me. It's given me new skills, and I've got so much
more confidence. I've had a couple of job interviews recently
and I didn't even feel that nervous about them.
"I feel like I wouldn't have been able to do all of this years
ago and at my age, but Pete and the Communities team
have given me the opportunity to prove to myself that I could
So what now for Paul?
"I'm learning all the time and really enjoying things at the
moment. The support I've had so far has been fantastic - I
can't thank them enough. The great thing is, I know the
support will always be there if I need it."
"I'm going to take one day at a time, but
life certainly looks a lot brighter now."
Description 2018/19 Difference
Number of people in work placements
Number of people in sustainable employment
Number of level 2 qualifications completed